In 2008, during the height of the economic downturn, the position of managing editor at LAT regional newspaper The Daily Pilot was eliminated. Today, in a very hopeful sign, that Times Community News (TCN) slot is being returned to the masthead.
Appointed to the position is 34-year-old Alisha Gomez (pictured). She started out with TCN in 2011 as a contract employee; moved to full-time in July 2012; and now occupies an impressive expanded perch. From this afternoon’s announcement:
Gomez will help oversee the staff of 24 that produces the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent, which have a combined print circulation of 137,000. She previously served as managing editor of the Huntington Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot and, on June 3, will add the Daily Pilot to her duties as part of a planned newsroom reorganization.
Gomez will report to John Canalis, TCN South editor in Orange County. She has worked previous as managing editor of the Orange County Business Journal and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Cal State Long Beach.
This is one of several moves announced today by Canalis, in response no doubt to the very aggressive recent expansion of the Orange County Register‘s community coverage. Daily Pilot city editor Jamie Rowe has been promoted to metro editor for all three titles managed by Gomez, while Huntington Beach Independent city editor Alicia Lopez is similarly the new city editor across the board. Online editor Kelly Parker meanwhile is now assignment editor. Congrats to all.
[Photo courtesy Times Community News]